Key trends in transport composites

Transport/mobility remains a key growth driver for composites for both glass fibre reinforced plastics (GFRP) and carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), with textiles supplying the reinforcement element in structural and semi-structural moulded parts.

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Composites poised for wider automotive use as ZSK enhances TFP technology

ZSK has developed a tailored fibre placement (TFP) process designed to reduce cost, wastage and manufacturing times for carbon composites, while offering new possibilities for improved component design and enhancing end-of-life recyclability.

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Autoneum adds two sites in China

Autoneum has expanded in China with the addition of two new plants, bringing its total number of sites in the country to 10.

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Unique designs and new carpets for railways

Lantal Textiles has added new qualities to its carpet portfolio for railways, including the introduction of printed carpets.

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Grupo Antolin opens headliner plant in China

Vehicle interiors supplier Grupo Antolin has opened a new factory in Shenyang, China, the world’s largest car market, to offer the best service to its customers.

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Asahi Kasei chases automotive growth

Following July’s announcement of the acquisition of Sage Automotive Interiors, the world’s largest manufacturer of car seating fabrics, Japanese conglomerate Asahi Kasei is looking to triple its sales of around €1bn to the automotive industry in 2017 to €3bn by 2025.

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Airbus explores synthetic spider silk technology

AMSilk is to develop composites based on its artificial silk fibre for aerospace applications with Airbus.

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Lightweight hemp-based biomaterials gain momentum

Faurecia aims to triple production of its NAFILean lightweight hemp-based biocomposites over the next three years, as they are increasingly being adopted by original equipment manufacturers.

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IAC opens new vehicle interiors plant in India

International Automotive Components, a supplier of automotive components and lightweight vehicle solutions, has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Manesar, India.

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Wool-based aircraft carpet from Spectra

Spectra Interior Products’ 100% wool carpet Windstream has been discontinued and replaced with an equally elegant carpet called Valencia.

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